Along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and MiningWatch Canada, OCHRP is sponsoring a public event at the University of Ottawa on Thursday, September 19. Speakers Dr. Erlinda Palaganas and Ms. Marion Sanchez will be presenting on “The Threats of Large-Scale Mining in the Cordilleras.”
Mining activities in this region have long been of concern to its Indigenous peoples, who face eviction from and devastation to their land.
As the Vancouver Media Co-op’s JR Guerrero (”Philippines Mining Climate: Canada Connection,” 23 February 2012) notes, Canada is strongly linked to this issue due to the presence of at least seven Canadian mining firms in the Cordillera region.
Tartlet R.K., “The Cordillera People’s Alliance: Mining and Indigenous Rights in the Luzon Highlands” Cultural Survival.org, 02 April 2010
*Update: Chatillon-Meunier was released shortly after widespread news coverage of her detention, and she returned to her home in Canada on September 16, 2013.
Kim Chatillon-Meunier, a 24-year-old International Studies student at the Université de Montreal, is being detained at the Bureau of Immigration (BI) detention center in the Philippines’ Camp Bagong Diwa for her alleged participation in the People’s SONA rally on July 22, 2013.
OCHRP is one of several human rights and lawyers’ groups that are calling for her immediate release through letters to President Aquino and other Canadian and Filipino officials. OCHRP’s letter is shown below, and a link to the Facebook campaign page for her release can be found here.
“Release Canadian student Kim Chatillon-Meunier from BI detention center,” Karapatan, 14 September 2013
“’Rights group, lawyers demand release of Canadian student detained by BI,” InterAksyon.com, 14 September 2013